Song: From Here


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There are a lot of cool features in this song, the main one being that this song uses only three (yes, three) different chords.  Written in C# minor, all I used were the VI, VII, and i chords – repeated in the same pattern throughout – as part of an experiment to see what could be accomplished with minimalist chord structure.

I was pleasantly surprised at the outcome.  This song is epic.  This song is beautiful.

The intensity of this simple piece comes entirely from instrumentation and subtle melodic variations between the separate voices.  Harmonically, I think this song is one of my best accomplishments.  “From Here” is very simple, but very moving.  I guess this is a lesson to stick to simple structures rather than complex ones – as I’ve written elsewhere, the best themes are always the simple and memorable ones!

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